Friday, April 8, 2011

feeding my family (for $5)

Earlier this week, I challenged my readers on SITS to a contest, here.

Do you think you could feed a family of four for about $5 or less? I've done it, and I do it a lot. I have about a dozen or so penny pinching recipes that I pull out of my back pocket multiple times a month. So, in lieu of the Dinner on a Dime contest, I thought I would post my most favorite recipe for you! Beef and Broccoli noodle bowl. Here is how my estimations break down.


Fettuccine noodles: $1 for 1 package


Stir Fry Beef: $2.68 for .84 lb at #3.19 per pound.


Carrots: 2 for $0.25 (out of a $0.75 cent package)


Broccoli: 1/2 lb for $0.75


Hoisin sauce: 2 Tablespoons for $0.25 out of a jar for $2.50


Italian dressing: 1/2 Cup for $0.25 cents out of a bottle for $1.


Total cost: $5.18


Chop your veggies into bite size pieces. Meanwhile, heat enough water in a large pot to cook your fettuccine. In a large frying pan stir fry your beef until browned, and then remove from heat. When your water comes up to a rapid boil, add your fettuccine. Cook half way, and then add the veggies. Boil until pasta is al dente' and veggies are crisp tender. Drain pasta and veggies in a colander and add them to the beef. Return to heat. Add Hoisin sauce and Italian dressing. Stir well, coating the noodles and veggies. Serve and enjoy!


Beth said...

Sounds ab fab! Might try that this weekend! Maybe with chicken, instead!

Jessie said...

Great recipe. I love your beautiful bird tray. May I know where you got it? Also, do you mean 'hoisin' sauce? :)


Emily said...

Of course! Yikes, I thought I typed Hoisin, just fixed it, thanks!!

I got the tray at Ikea!!

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! I love your blog, now following!

Emily said...

Thanks Laila!

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Oh man...I just read that you got the tray at Ikea! Guess that means I've got a 9 hour round trip road trip ahead of me (to get one)! LOL!

I saw the contest on SITS....I was wondering....I've got a lot of home canned veggies & fruits. They're "free" to me but not free if you had to purchase those items. Would I have had to factor in the cost of those items if I had to purchase them?

I'm always on the look-out for an awesome & easy & fast recipe!

Amy said...

Oh yum! Thanks for the great dinner idea. Heading to the store now:)

the duchess said...

Never would've thought to add Italian dressing to an Asian noodle dish but I'll have to try it.

Jenn Erickson said...

I saw your recipe featured at SITS and just had to come by to check it out! Delicious...affordable...what's not to love? Thank you so much!

New follower,
Jenn/Rook No. 17